Here are my best tips for planting strawberries. Strawberries are my personal favourite fruit, with a sprinkling of sugar. They are relatively easy to grow if you buy virus free starter plants.
Strawberry plants are a fairly robust plant and can be grown outside in an allotted area or they can be grown in a variety of pots and containers. I’ve actually grown them in an old pair of wellington boots with the toe cap cut out.
If you’re going to be growing strawberries in raised beds or straight into the garden, as with anything else you grow, you will first need to prepare the soil which is easy as strawberries are not too fussy about what soil type you have. If the soil is highly fertile then this encourages foliage at the expense of the fruit. If the soil is to poor you will need to add a low fertile soil improver before you plant.
Planting Strawberries with the correct spacing and care
All plants are normally grown in rows. You will need to space your plants about 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) apart and make your rows about 50cm (20 inches) apart. The reason for this is it creates good air flow and circulation, which reduces the possibility of disease and obviously allows the plant to grow. A good healthy plant can produce in the region of 20 strawberries, so take this into account when you are planting.
Taking care of your strawberries will require you to occasionally water them during normal conditions and keep your plants well watered when conditions are dry. A little bit of general weeding will always benefit any plant. When the fruit is ripe, pick it and enjoy it. When you have picked all the fruit you will need to tidy up some of the plants and remove any “runners” (long wiry stems with plantlets on the ends). If you want more plants use the runners and plant them for new plants.
Problems when Planting and Growing Strawberries
The best way to ensure a good crop is to start with virus free baby plants. Any runners you replant need to come from a healthy adult strawberry plant.
Some recommend placing straw around the plants to stop the strawberries from rotting. I personally don’t bother as they are picked as soon as they are ripe.
Strawberries have the following vitamins and minerals. B2, B5, B6, vitamin K, copper, and magnesium. Strawberries also contain omega fatty acids. All of this goodness is about 45 calories for seven medium strawberries. And not only that, but the fibre in strawberries, helps your body absorb nutrients, inhibits the production of cholesterol in your liver, and helps stabilize your blood glucose.
So they not only taste good but are healthy!
Planting strawberries and watching them produce fruit is very satisfying and it becomes very worthwhile when you are eating them with your favourite topping.